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Tuesday, 10 May 2011
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Climate Change and Energy Efficiency: Hospitality

(Question No. 151)


Senator Abetz asked the Minister representing the Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, upon notice, on 29 September 2010:

(1) (a) Can an itemised list be provided of how much the department has spent on hospitality since 24 November 2007; and (b) of this, how much was spent on alcohol.

(2) For each Minister and any associated parliamentary secretary: (a) can an itemised list be provided of how much each office has spent on hospitality since 24 November 2007; and (b) of this, how much was spent on alcohol.


Senator Wong: The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) (a) The Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency's (and its predecessor the Department of Climate Change) total hospitality spend from 24 November 2007 to 30 June 2010 was $200,138 comprising:

295 Australian based events costing $155,390; and

19 International events costing $44,748.

The Department is unable to provide further details of each event as it would involve an unreasonable diversion of resources.(b) Details of the alcohol component of any official hospitality are not recorded separately. Provision of these details would involve an extensive manual process and therefore, in the context of existing workloads, an unreasonable diversion of resources.

(2) (a) Details of events for each Minister to 30 June 2010 are as follows:

Date

Location

Purpose

Cost

Minister's Office

22 July 2009

Parliament House

NGO consultations

$99

4 August 2009

Parliament House

Meeting with Kreab Gavin Anderson

$33

21 September 2009

Parliament House

Supplies purchased for catering to thank Ministerial staff

$85

22 October 2009

Parliament House

NGO Round table

$99

9 December 2009

Restaurant 98

Media Breakfast

$168

26 February 2010

Parliament House

Committee meeting and lunch

$25

10 March 2010

Parliament House

Bilateral meeting with the Indonesian State Minister for the Environment - Professor Gusti Muhammad Hatta

$125

12 March 2010

Parliament House

NGO Debrief Copenhagen

$87

3 June 2010

Parliament House

Meeting with Coasts and Climate Change Council

$28

Minister Assisting's Office

23 March 2010

Parliament House

Reimbursement of working lunch

$183

(b) Details of the alcohol component of any official hospitality are not recorded separately. Provision of these details would involve an extensive manual process and therefore, in the context of existing workloads, an unreasonable diversion of resources.